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3 years ago

Verizon retailer, voicemail seem to think the ThunderBolt's coming Thursday

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We recently brought you the news via a leaked e-mail that the HTC ThunderBolt may finally see release on Verizon on Thursday, and more clues are supporting that. First up is a Verizon retailer that joined Twitter on March 11 and this morning, for just its second tweet, dropped what you see above. We're willing to be they read Android Central, so maybe they're just repeating the news we broke.

But add to that a voicemail AC reader Julio just sent us, and new threads in the Android Central forums, and Thursday's starting to look a little more solid. [@YourLocalVZW, Android Central Forums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II checks in at the FCC

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Been holding out for the Exynos 4210, super AMOLED plus powerhouse that is the Samsung Galaxy S II? Having spent some time with the FCC we're pretty sure this device won't be far off now. Some curious things were found out about the devices radio components during its inspection. It does come pre-loaded with 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM frequencies giving it the option to be made available on AT&T should AT&T decide to pick it up -- since you know, T-Mobile says they don't have any details as of yet. [FCC via Engadget]

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3 years ago

European Galaxy S Gingerbread update due by end of March?

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A post on Samsung Mobile Romania's Facebook page seems to suggest that Romanian Galaxy S phones (and presumably other European models) may see an official update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread by the end of March.

Translated into English and cleaned up a little, the post reads:

"The update to version 2.2.1 for Galaxy S will be available until 20 March, and Gingerbread (2.3) until the end of the month."

Our Romanian is a little rusty, but we think it's safe to assume the last part of that statement means either "it'll arrive by the end of the month", or "it won't arrive until the end of the month". Either way, it looks like the European Galaxy S could soon claim bragging rights as the first non-Nexus phone to get an official Gingerbread update. HTC has announced that Gingerbread will be coming to some of its older phones, but these updates aren't due until sometime in the second quarter.

Samsung Romania also adds that two of its budget phones, the i5500 Galaxy 5 and i5800 Galaxy 3, will be updated to Froyo by Mar. 20 and Mar. 31 respectively. [Samsung Romania Facebook via Crave]

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3 years ago

Xperia Play 'Donor' ad shows how Android got its thumbs

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If you've watched the creepy Xperia Play "Android thumbs ad" and wondered about the backstory of the thumbs in question, then you'll be relieved to hear that Sony Ericsson has provided you with the answers you crave in a brand new commercial.

The ad, entitled "The Donor", tells the chilling story of a man brutally robbed of his opposable digits by Sony Ericsson just so you can play Tekken on your phone. Check it out for yourself after the jump. The Xperia Play is due out in Europe later this month -- check out our hands (and thumbs)-on video coverage to find out more.

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3 years ago

HTC 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet tipped in 'major U.S. retailer' lineup

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Our pals over at PreCentral have found themselves in possession of what apparently is a release schedule from "a major U.S. retailer," and it's got a number of Android tablets listed, including a few new ones. Let's break it down:

  • March 17: Motorola 10-inch tablet, $649, first 10-inch tablet with Android Honeycomb. Obviously, the Motorola Xoom.
  • End of March: Dell 7-inch, $449, March launch with Android 2.2 Froyo. OK, it's the Dell Streak 7.
  • End of March: Samsung 7-inch, $499, March launch with Android 2.2 Froyo. Sounds like the Galaxy Tab to us.
  • April: Acer 7-inch, $399, first 7-inch tablet with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Acer 7-inch tablet. Check.
  • And a whole bunch of tablets in June, including a 10-inch device from HTC (that's new, price to be determined), that new 10-incher from Dell ($499), a 10-incher from Acer ($449, been announced already), and the 10-inch tablet from Toshiba that we saw at CES (priced here at $499).

The big question -- after we again say "A 10-inch tablet from HTC!" -- is which "major retailer" we're talking about. If this all pans out, CTIA could indeed be busy here in a couple weeks. [PreCentral]

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3 years ago

Angry Birds Rio will launch exclusively on Amazon's Android app store

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Ad-free versions of original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons
will be available on Amazon, too

Angry Birds publisher Rovio this morning announced that the upcoming Angry Birds Rio will launch on Android exclusively in the upcoming Amazon App Store. That's a huge coup for Amazon, which has had many rolling their eyes at the prospect of another app store, even one with the weight of a company like Amazon behind it.

The announcement also signals a switch from Get Jar, which initially had the exclusive on the original version of Angry Birds but couldn't cope with the launch traffic.

More good news: Android will be getting ad-free versions of the original versions of Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons, which also will be exclusively in the Amazon App Store.

No specific dates were mentioned, but recall that Angry Birds Rio originally was said to be coming in March 2011. So if everything's still on schedule, we could see it -- and the Amazon App Store -- light up in the next couple of weeks. [Rovio]

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3 years ago

Sprint will give you up to $125 to leave your carrier

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The U.S.'s number three carrier, Sprint, is making it a bit easier to stomach those huge early termination fees (ETFs) that carriers will typically charge you for getting out of your contract early. Smartphone buyers signing up for a new two year contract will get $125 in "service credit" while non-smartphone buyers will get $50. The deal expires on April 14 so jump on it soon if you are interested in getting your WiMax on. [Sprint via Engadget]

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3 years ago

Xperia Neo now available for pre-order in Europe for €345

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Amazon Germany continues its habit of being first with pre-order prices for upcoming European phones, with a listing for Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo. The Neo comes in three colors -- the cheapest model is red and sells for €345.81 (~$480), while the silver and blue versions are slightly more expensive and cost €379 and €376.99 respectively. These prices make the Xperia Neo around €100 cheaper than its similarly-spec'd but better-looking sibling, the Xperia Arc.

Pre-order prices are always subject to change, but with the Neo's release date so close, we expect Amazon's prices to be pretty close to the mark. Sony Ericsson will launch the Xperia Neo in Europe later this month, along with the sleeker, lighter Xperia Arc and the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. Check out our hands-on coverage from MWC to learn more. [Amazon.de via Google Translate]

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod discontinuing support for T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic

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Popular AOSP-based custom ROM CyanogenMod will discontinue support for the T-Mobile G1 and its keyboardless sibling, the HTC Magic (aka myTouch 3G) after the current version 6.1. This means that there will be no official version of the Gingerbread-based CyanogenMod 7 for these devices. However, this doesn't rule out the possibility of an unofficial CM7 community port for variants the G1, which launched way in October 2008 as the first Android smartphone.

It's likely that the anemic 192MB of RAM present in the G1 and most Magic-based phones, combined with dwindling user numbers, was behind the decision to cut support after CyanogenMod 6.1.

Being stuck on CM 6.1 isn't such a terrible fate, though, especially considering that the G1 never saw any official updates beyond Android 1.6 from manufacturer HTC. CyanogenMod 6.1 is still an excellent ROM, and should serve G1 and myTouch 3G users well in their handsets' twilight years. [CyanogenMod via reddit]

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